For those of us in Seattle (and the world) who are mourning the sudden, tragic passing of Chris Cornell, local radio station KEXP has been a godsend for getting us through this tough day. And tomorrow, they'll be paying tribute to the beloved Seattle musician all day long for their annual "Six Degrees" day of programming—featuring a full day of "on-the-fly” music curation by KEXP on-air hosts John Richards, Cheryl Waters, and Kevin Cole. Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave will be on heavy rotation, and the idea of "six degrees" is that each song played will somehow be linked to the song before it.
This year's “Six Degrees” program was going to be for musician David Byrne, but with the sudden death of Cornell, KEXP DJs decided to "shift gears" and pay tribute to him instead.
Here's John Richards, host of The Morning Show on KEXP:
“We want to make sure that fans of Chris’s music will have a place to go to remember his life and influences, and that’s what our programming is going to be all about for the next couple of days. His death is also another reminder of how important it is that we all support each other, and encourage our friends, family members and loved ones to seek help if they are experiencing depression or thoughts of suicide.”
KEXP is also staging a moment of silence at 5 p.m. today for fans to join together in remembrance of the singer, as well as a memorial at the station:
Here's the Facebook live video of that memorial:
And tune into KEXP tomorrow anytime from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to hear the tribute.